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Michael Bialas
After spending more than 25 years in the newspaper business (most recently at the now-defunct Rocky Mountain News in Denver), Michael Bialas is currently taking an online approach to his work. A writer, editor, amateur photographer and former college football player, he primarily has covered sports throughout his career. Among the games he enjoys playing now, though, are reviewing and writing about music, movies, TV and other activities that sometimes don't require a ball.

Entries by Michael Bialas

Actor John Turturro Plans to Resurrect Jesus (Quintana, That Is)

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2015 | 2:17 PM

Consummate character actor John Turturro has pumped life into so many memorable roles that it's difficult to pick a favorite.

Yet if the veteran performer, who has appeared in more than 60 films, has his way, there will be one he finally deems worthy of resurrection -- his...

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Video Premiere: Lindi Ortega Feels the Burn in 'Ashes'

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 11:26 AM

Lindi Ortega is a Northern girl with Southern charms, a cowpunk who writes songs that make grown men weep, a tattooed lady who's comfortable wearing ruby-red lipstick and cowboy boots, a modern-day Patsy Cline who sings with genuine feeling while channeling Johnny Cash.

Born and raised in Toronto,...

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Denver Film Festival's Wonder Women: Cast Your Vote for This Cast of Characters

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 2:47 AM

The career arcs of Meryl Streep and Mary Louise Wilson have taken decidedly different trajectories. But their paths as actors intersect this week at the 38th Denver Film Festival, which opens Wednesday (Nov. 4) and continues through Nov. 15.

DFF logo copyWhile the...

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Blitzen Trapper Take Their Magical History Tour All Across This Land

(1) Comments | Posted October 30, 2015 | 2:23 PM

For a guy not overly concerned with selling records, Eric Earley sure does make a lot of them.

The prolific wordsmith and enigmatic music man fronting Portland, Oregon-based Blitzen Trapper also lets his songs do much of the talking, at least judging by this interview while he was...

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Light a Match to See (and Hear) the Striking Evolution of Chic Gamine

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 1:55 PM

"It all kind of just came together very quickly, which I barely remember now. It feels like a dream."

Alexa Dirks, one of the bright, bubbly singer-songwriters of Chic Gamine, sounded wide awake, waxing enthusiastic over the phone last week from Montreal about the birth of the French-Canadian band...

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The Wet Darlings Set to Celebrate Columbus Daze With the Rest of America

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2015 | 10:26 PM

What happens when a band emerges as a hometown favorite smack dab in the middle of Ohio before finding mainstream success? If you're Columbus and they're the Wet Darlings, you might try to keep it to yourself. 

In the city named for that Italian explorer who let the word out...

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Taking the High Road, Heather Maloney Keeps Making All the Right Turns

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 1:41 PM

The name of Heather Maloney's alluring 2015 album is Making Me Break, but it just as easily could have been titled Making Me Breakthrough.

Comfortably enjoying the ride while staying in cruise control, the contemplative singer-songwriter based in Northampton, Mass., got a career jump-start in 2012 when she...

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After Finding Beauty and the Beatles, Pattie Boyd Seeks Picture Perfection

(6) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 2:30 AM

She was a vision of loveliness who attracted the eye of some of the best photographers in the world -- not to mention the fancy of two of rock 'n' roll's most iconic guitar heroes.

Today, though, Pattie Boyd feels most comfortable on the other side of camera....

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Premiering New Video, Amy and the Engine Want You to Join the 'A' Team

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 2:02 AM

Give Amy Allen a capital "A" for effort while the singer-songwriter also makes an upper case for herself in the Ambition Department.

Backed by the group she started forming in February 2014, Allen is revving up for a promising music career with Amy & the Engine.


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Give a Rocky Mountain High-25 to Gillian Welch, Jason Isbell: Who Else Made the List?

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 2:58 AM

With 19 featured acts representing four foreign countries and American artists who grew up in states from Massachusetts to Alaska, the 25th annual Rocky Mountain Folks Festival covered the gamut in many ways during three days of genre-bending music in August. If you want to see everyone in this jam-packed...

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Video Premiere: Honeyhoney So Drop-Dead Gorgeous in 'You and I'

(3) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 4:04 AM

Three years after revealing how darkly decadent they can be, Ben Jaffe and Suzanne Santo are revisiting the "Angel of Death" again.

After getting pretty morbid for that song and the accompanying killer video of 2012, the roots-rocking, sexy/savvy duo known as honeyhoney return for another audacious dance...

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Expect the Family Crest to Hit Some Rocky Mountain High Notes

(0) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 11:37 AM

There once was this California dreamer who grew up singing jazz but admired Freddie Mercury, went to college to study opera voice and eventually became leader of a grand band with an extended family of 400 or so members that produces some of the most innovative and intoxicating orchestral rock-pop...

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Returning to Colorado, Vikki Thorn of the Waifs Has Festival Fever

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 4:35 AM

Singer-songwriter Vikki Thorn of the Waifs, the Australian folk rockers who were profiled on Aug. 7 in the first part of a series previewing the 25th annual Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons, Colorado, loves these musical feasts so much that she would attend even her group...

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During the Long, Hot Summer, Jason Isbell Warms Up to Become One Glad Dad

(1) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 3:54 PM

If an All-Americana team of today's musicians is ever selected, Jason Isbell would have to be its Most Valuable Player.

Others may have put Americana on the map, but this Thank God, I'm a Country Boy has extended those borders after the album arrivals of Southeastern in...

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The Waifs Take a Beautiful U-turn: Hear the Whole Album

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 3:51 AM

Band relationships involving siblings can often be complicated and challenging, and the Waifs certainly have experienced their share of family futile moments.

The enduring and entertaining Australian folk rockers, scheduled to perform at the 25th annual Rocky Mountain Folks Festival on Aug. 16 in Lyons, Colorado, include...

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Through the Eyes of the HillBenders, the Who's Tommy Sees the Light Again

(1) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 3:59 AM

People occasionally approach me and wonder, "Who gave the best live rock performance you've ever seen?"

The easy answer: "Exactly!"

That could develop into an Abbott and Costello routine but the simple truth is: To this day, nothing has matched the power and the glory of the Who on...

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Watch Fairground Saints Go Marching Into Heavenly Territory

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 1:12 AM

Mathematicians quick to point out that "three into one won't go" might want to think twice. After all, there are the Holy Trinity, the Three Musketeers and -- now presenting -- Fairground Saints.

This Los Angeles-based trio of gifted singer-songwriters with an aggregate age -- 68-- that's less...

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Sierra Hull Grows Up Strong, Takes a Step Beyond Bluegrass

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2015 | 7:43 PM

Nashville singer-songwriter Sierra Hull, one of the opening performers at the 43rd RockyGrass Festival this weekend, has impressed audiences with her mandolin playing since performing for her third-grade class in Byrdstown, Tennessee.

Coming up through the bluegrass ranks, she's making the leap in more ways than...

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Sneak 'Peak' From Heather Nova: Listen Now to 'Girl on the Mountain'

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 12:56 AM

There's something magically mysterious about Heather Nova and her measured musical climb.

Her poetic phrases, vivid images and moving melodies transport you to another world in another era, and the lovely sounds of her voice backed by the musicians' tasteful accompaniment make it seem like everything's going to...

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Cold War Kids Video Premiere: Learning to Take It 'One Song at a Time'

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 12:58 PM

Possessing all the tools, he's just like every football coach's wet dream.

Always giving it his 110 percent, this inspirational leader is in total control, whether it involves making the most of home-field advantage or stepping up during crunch time on the road.

Only you won't find Nathan...

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